Computing Year 1

Computing at KS, Years 1 and 2.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • Create and debug simple programs
  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

Year 1 children can:

Algorithms and programming

  • I can create a series of instructions.
  • I can plan a journey for a programmable toy.

Information technology

  • I can create digital content.
  • I can store digital content.
  • I can retrieve digital content.
  • I can use a web site.
  • I can use a camera.
  • I can record sound and play back.

Digital literacy

  • I can use technology safely.
  • I can keep personal information private.

Knowledge and understanding

  • I understand the different methods of communication (e.g. email, online forums etc).
  • I know you should only open email from a known source.
  • I know the difference between email and communication systems such as blogs and wikis.
  • I know that websites sometimes include pop-ups that take me away from the main site.
  • I know that bookmarking is a way to find safe sites again quickly.
  • I have begun to evaluate websites and know that everything on the internet is not true.
  • I know that it is not always possible to copy some text and pictures from the internet.
  • I know that personal information should not be shared online.
  • I know I must tell a trusted adult immediately if anyone tries to meet me via the internet.


  • I follow the school’s safer internet rules.
  • I can use the search engines agreed by the school.
  • I know what to do if I find something inappropriate online or something I am unsure of (including identifying people who can help; minimising screen; online reporting using school system etc).
  • I can use the internet for learning and communicating with others, making choices when navigating through sites.
  • I can send and receive email as a class.
  • I can recognise advertising on websites and learn to ignore it.
  • I can use a password to access the secure network.





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